[Rubygems-developers] Executing code after installing gem

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 11:45:42 EST 2008

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 2:37 PM, Jim Weirich <jim.weirich at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Nov 25, 2008, at 11:28 AM, Charlie Savage wrote:
>> Except it already does by letting a developer specify a Rakefile in
>> spec.extensions.  That's how I hacked around RubyGems to correctly install
>> dependent dlls into the lib directory.
>> Not to mention the fact that once I have my gem installed, it can pretty
>> much do what it wants.
> Once it is installed, it will run as a regular user, not as root.
> Ideally you want to be able to build as a normal user and only switch to
> root for the "copy files" portion of the install.  Is there a system
> independent way of doing that?

This has been in the Feature request queue of RubyGems for quite some time:


On the portability note, you can drop root privileges on *nix, but is
not portable without conditions.

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